Autism Risk & Safety Management
Autism Risk & Safety Management
Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the ASD community.
Autism, Law Enforcement & First Responder Training Video from Autism One conference (one of the largest autism conferences in our country):
The Autism Safety Project is designed to provide families affected by autism with resources so that everyone in our community can stay safe.
Kevin and Avonte's (Update as of February 24, 2020) Law Looks to Fund Tracking Devices for Children with Autism:
2020 Update: https://www.autismspeaks.org/kevin-and-avontes-law
AUTISM SAFETY PRODUCTS:
The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE)
Six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths.
The AWAARE Collaboration will work to prevent wandering incidents and wandering-related deaths within the autism community through the use of collective organizational resources, and by establishing and monitoring objectives, guidelines, policies, and tools that will promote awareness, education, prevention and safety. Safety toolkits can be downloaded here:
Created telemetry based tracking for people at risk in 1986. Since then equipment has located thousands of Alzheimer’s wanderers and children with special needs such as Autism, Down syndrome and other conditions and brought them home safely.
Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Wandering is now an official ICD9 diagnosis code.
May, 2020 Article: Wandering Among Preschool Children with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder
Law Enforcement Awareness Network
It is the mission of L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness. http://www.leanonus.info
National Autism Association
National Autism Association
Autism and Safety Resources on Wandering, Safety Products, Service Dogs, Personal Locating & Medical Devices, For First Aide Responders & Caregivers, Restraint & Seclusion, & Bullying:
Big Red Safety Box (Safety Kit): http://nationalautismassociation.org/big-red-safety-box/
NAA's Big Red Safety Shop (Safety Products): http://nationalautismassociation.org/store/#ecwid:category=2416355&mode=category&offset=0&sort=normal
It is estimated that one out every 68 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and according to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, 49% of children with ASD have a tendency to wander or bolt from safe settings. Individuals with ASD are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children with ASD.
- Nearly half of children with autism engage in
wandering behavior-Increased risks are
associated with autism severity.
- More than one third of children with ASD who
wander/elope are unable to communicate their
name, address, or phone number.
- Half of families report they have never received
advice or guidance about elopement from a
- Accidental drowning accounts for approximately
90% of lethal outcomes.
- Other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke;
hypothermia; traffic injuries; falls; physical
restraint; encounters with strangers.
Learn more at:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
"At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® we believe every child deserves a safe childhood. For 29 years we have been at the forefront of the fight to keep children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation. We provide the resources needed to help protect children, bring perpetrators to justice and prevent these devastating crimes committed against children." http://www.missingkids.com/home
MedicAlert Foundation® is a non-profit, charitable, and membership-based organization dedicated to the well being of others. The foundation's mission is to protect and save lives by serving as the global information link between members and emergency responders during emergencies.
First Responders can access your profile in 5 seconds or less, telling them who you are, who to contact, and how to save your life. MyID stores all of your medical information in one place for quick and easy reference.
SafetyNet by LoJack
SafetyNet™ by LoJack® addresses the risks associated with the growing market of people with cognitive conditions that wander and become lost. SafetyNet includes a bracelet worn by a client that has a condition such as Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome and dementia and who is at risk of wandering. If the client goes missing, his or her caregiver reports the incident. Public Safety agencies that LoJack trains, certifies and equips with special SafetyNet Search and Rescue equipment are dispatched. These trained public safety personnel track the signal being emitted from the bracelet worn by the client.By using the SafetyNet™ service, public safety agencies can more effectively find and rescue People at Risk, eliminating traditional searches that often take countless man-hours. And, caregivers gain peace of mind knowing that when a loved one wanders off, there’s a way to bring them back safe and sound. https://safetynettracking.com
Safe and Sound
"The Autism Society began the Safe and Sound TM initiative in 2005 to provide much-needed resources on topics such as general safety, emergency preparedness and prevention, and risk management. Safe and Sound works to develop information and strategies to benefit individuals on the spectrum, their families and the professionals who work with them. Another significant aspect of Safe and Sound is to provide information and training to first responders — those who are first on the scene in an emergency situation."
Select Autism Merchandise
Projects for Individuals with Autism and Those Who Care About Them. Safety Kits and more.
The Yellow Dot Program
The Yellow Dot Program alerts first responders at crash scenes of critical medical information that could save a life. Participants in the program provide important medical information that could help emergency responders make split second decisions by placing the Yellow Dot decal in the lower-left corner on the driver-side rear window and the completed Yellow Dot personal information folder into the glove compartment of the vehicle.
Yellow dot stickers and information folders are available at the Kentucky Autism Training Center. Contact us to get a packet. Please allow at least 2 weeks for your Yellow Dots to be prepared for mailing. Yellow Dots are prepared in-house at the Kentucky Autism Training Center.
Further Safety Information
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM (McCracken County Residents)
In addition to Project Lifesaver, Families on the Spectrum has also launched a new
program that allows you to flag your loved one within the McCracken County emergency
management system. Flagging an individual/address/vehicle in the Computer-Aided
Dispatch (CAD) system allows law enforcement to not only be aware of the sensitive needs
of your loved on the spectrum but can also include information to help them locate an
individual if missing, take precautionary measures when approaching a vehicle or home,
and to learn more information about an individual that may be beneficial during a time of
crisis. Download the Special Needs Emergency Contact and Identifying Form and return it
to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department or mailed to:McCracken Co. Sheriff's Dept.
ATTN: Det. Sarah Martin
301 South 6th Street
Paducah, KY 42003
Having this form in the CAD system could be a life-saving tool during a crisis. The more
information law enforcement has access to during a time of need, the better they can assist
your loved one and family.